Jeffrey B. King
Year of Graduation
Current Job Title
Chief of Gastroenterology, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
Fondest memory from school:
Walking onto the soccer field for the first time as a member of the varsity team. To this day, that is still the most excited/nervous I have ever been. It was a dream come true to share a field with, and be a teammate of, my athletic idols.
How did your Monson education prepare you for your current job duties?
Attending a small school like Monson allowed me to stand out both academically and athletically, which gave me the self-confidence and determination to achieve even my most lofty goals. The exceptional math and language arts faculty always pushed me to try harder, do better, and challenge myself daily. No matter what career one ultimately chooses, these are lessons and qualities that breed success.
What advice would you share with current Monson students about your career journey?
Find your passion, personally and professionally, even if it takes a circuitous route to get there. The first career you choose may not be the one that works best for you, and that's ok. Take chances, allow yourself to experience life along the way, and don't lose sight of your priorities. Make time for your life outside of work. For many years it was easy for me to sacrifice my personal life for professional advancement. It was not until I took time away from my profession that I was able to gain the necessary perspective needed to reset my priorities, which ultimately led me to the perfect work/life balance I have found in my current job.